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James D. Hlafka


James D. Hlafka, 90, of Bunker Hill, passed away at Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton, on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023 at 12:54 a.m.

He was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Gillespie, to Albert J. Hlafka and Genevieve H.(Wilson) Hlafka.

He married Sandra Barth on April 28, 1961 in Bunker Hill.

He was a School Teacher and Coach for Bunker Hill School District. Everyone that knew Jim knew Basketball was his life.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Hlafka of Bunker Hill; son, Mike (Michele) Hlafka of Kingwood, TX; daughter, Marti Hlafka of Springfield; grandchildren, Brooklyn (Tom) East, Michaela (Nick) Allen, Ashlyn (Aaron) Hurley, Trent Hlafka, Luke Fisher; several great grandchildren; brother, Kyle (Patty) Hlafka of Staunton.

James was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are Saturday, Jan, 6, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, with Rev. Robert Weise officiating.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill or to Bunker Hill High School Athletics.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.